Dear East school families,
Thank you for the warm welcome to East! It is hard to believe that I have been here for two months already!
As we transition into the Fall I wanted to update you on what your child has been doing in Spanish class.
Our Kindergartners have been busy learning their routines in Spanish class. Children are now able to say what their name is as well as greet others in Spanish (ask them who Ramona is and what they say to her). For Hispanic Heritage month, we talked about the celebration and we read the book Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neil, and discussed the significance of names. Children have also practiced pronouncing and writing the five phonetic Spanish vowels. For the Day of the Dead, we watched the short silent video: Dia de los Muertos: Film school Shorts and discussed the celebration. We also read the book: The Day of the Dead/El día de los Muertos by Bob Barner.
First graders have been reviewing how to say hello and greeting others in Spanish (ask them to sing you the song “Buenos dias”). Children learned what a cognate is, which is a very useful concept when learning languages. For Hispanic Heritage month, we talked about Luis Soriano and the importance of his Biblioburro project and read the book Waiting for the Biblioburro by Monica Brown. Children have also reviewed counting to ten (they will be bringing home a little counting spider book shortly). We will continue with numbers to twenty during November. For the Day of the Dead, we discussed the celebration and read the book Day of the Dead by Tony Johnston. We also made Venetian style Day of the Dead masks (I hope it made it home!).
Second Graders have practiced saying their name and greeting others in Spanish. For Hispanic Heritage month, we read the book Mango, Abuela, and Me and discussed the importance of learning languages. We have reviewed numbers to twenty and continued to learn numbers to thirty using songs and playing a variety of games (ask your child to explain the “Chihuahua” game). For the Day of the Dead, we discussed the celebration and read the book Día de los Muertos by Roseanne Greenfield Thong. We also made masks that I hope made it home!
Third graders have reviewed saying their name and greeting others in Spanish. For Hispanic Heritage month, we talked about Mexican-American painter Carmen Loma Garza and analyzed her painting Camas Para Sueños. We have reviewed numbers to forty and continued to learn numbers to fifty through a variety of games and songs (ask your child about the fish game). For the Day of the Dead we learned about the celebration by watching a movie called Dia de Los Muertos. While children watched the video, they had to find the meaning of certain words related to the celebration.
Fourth graders have also practiced greeting people and answering the question ¿Cómo te llamas? (what is your name?). Children practiced using bilingual dictionaries to fill out a worksheet about themselves. For Hispanic Heritage month, we talked about Cuban-American artist Celia Cruz and her contributions to salsa music. We read the book Celia Cruz, Queen of Salsa by Veronica Chambers and ended the class with a little bit of salsa dancing (we have a lot of talent in 4th grade!). 4th graders have also reviewed numbers to sixty through a mixture of songs and games. They have thoroughly enjoyed playing bingo! For the Day of the Dead we discussed the celebration and children made candle jar decorations.
Fifth graders started the year reviewing greetings, other polite expressions, and commonly used introduction questions (I hope the chatterbox and introduction Todo sobre mi (all about me) wheel made it home). For Hispanic Heritage month, children researched some famous Hispanic and Latin@ people, some of whom they will be learning about in social studies later this year. Children have also reviewed numbers to sixty, and will continue counting to a hundred during the month of November. The Pen Pal project was launched, and so far we have over 30 participating children. We will be writing our letters next month. For the Day of the Dead children practiced reading strategies when reading a different language while they read a comic strip about the celebration. Children really enjoyed answering true or false questions while playing a game on Kahoot.